Dave and Ann Wilson respond to a listener's difficult living situation by using the biblical story of Jacob's wife Leah, to offer hope and encouragement.
It's often the little things that can annoy you about your mate. Widower and father of four Jonathan Pitts reminds us that the goal of the Christian life is to be filled with and walk in the power of the Holy Spirit and to be conformed to the image of Christ as we live out the fruit of the spirit. Pitts shares how he was intentional in trying to die daily to his own wants in order to serve his wife and family, and illustrates this with a story from his marriage about changing a bad habit he had since childhood.
Author Jonathan Pitts reflects on his marriage to his now deceased wife, Wynter, and the conflict that showed up early and often in their relationship. He recalls her telling him that her idea of a husband was a man who would spoil her like Richard Gere did for Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman" and his idea of a wife was someone who would care for him like his mom did. Neither were right. Pitts tells how they learned that for marriage to work, both husband and wife have to empty themselves of "me" so that they can love each other better and become a united "we."
Jonathan and Wynter Pitts had learned through trial and error what it took to have a great marriage. They felt like they had grown a lot spiritually and emotionally over the years, raising their four daughters, and were ready to share that knowledge in a book they had written called "Emptied." However, a few hours after Jonathan turned the manuscript into the publisher, Wynter died unexpectedly. Jonathan tells us more about that day, and how he and his girls are walking through that tragedy with hope and faith.
Mental health counselor Jay Stringer encourages those struggling with unwanted sexual behavior to invite others into their story. According to Stringer, half of those who struggle with pornography or infidelity felt they didn't have anyone to talk to. If they'll share their story and talk about their shame, they'll invite others in, and then they can start asking the hard questions like, "What is it in my story that pulls me into this behavior?"
So many people marry for what they are going to get out of the marriage, rather than for what they are going to give as they supernaturally lay down their life for the other person. Author Chip Ingram explains the difference between a marriage covenant and a marriage contract, and talks about the biblical definition of love vs. the culture's idea of love. Ingram reminds us that conflicts and challenges are normal in any marriage, but they don't have to break up the union.
Counselor and therapist Juli Slattery explores the things the Church needs to address if we are reclaim a Christian worldview on this important topic.
Despite her lifestyle, Jackie Hill Perry sensed that God was actively pursuing her. In 2008, she felt God speaking to her heart. Perry how her life slowly began to change.
Marital intimacy is a difficult topic to discuss. But Juli Slattery says, Christians must push past our discomfort if we are to have any hope of conveying a Christ-honoring vision of it onto our children.
Writer and poet Jackie Hill Perry reflects on her youth and the circumstances that influenced her to consciously rebel against her upbringing and her God.